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McPhillips: Work To Do

Assistant Manager Reflects On Draw At AFC Fylde

25 July 2018

Terry McPhillips stressed that there was work to be done after Blackpool’s pre-season draw at AFC Fylde last night.

Pool’s Assistant Manager bemoaned a slow start to the fixture at Mill Farm, though praised the character and enthusiasm to battle back and equalise late on.

“We weren’t very good first-half – they were sharper, quicker, on the front foot and better than us to be fair. We conceded a poor goal from our point of view,” he admitted.

“Second-half we changed the tactics a little bit, which we were always going to do and look at anyway, and that opened the game up. There were chances either end and I thought it made for a more exciting second-half, and I thought we were much better.

“We’ve still got a lot to do though, and we’ve got to do better. I thought the enthusiasm and the togetherness of the lads to try and get the equaliser, which they did, really shone out in the end. But we weren’t at the races at the start.”

The Seasiders’ leveller, which came in the 90th minute, was scored by Nathan Delfouneso, who found the net for the second match running.

“Nath has come back in good nick and it was a terrific goal. Marc Bola’s ball was fantastic and Nathan gets himself between the sticks to score an identical goal that he scored last season. That’s where you need to be, your forwards need to be between the sticks and getting on the end of those delightful balls,” he added.

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